September 2012

Frank McCourt Back In Family Court (Good Riddance)

Article from the Associated Press via Mercury News-

The ex-wife of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has filed a motion to set aside the couple’s divorce settlement, claiming he committed fraud by vastly understating the team’s value.

Jamie McCourt’s attorney, Bertram Fields, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that attempts to modify what he called a “massive imbalance” in the settlement failed, forcing her to return to court.

The motion filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court claims Frank McCourt misrepresented the couple’s Dodger assets as worth less than $300 million before their divorce in 2010. The team sold in May 2012 for $2.15 billion to a group that includes former NBA star Magic Johnson.

Representatives for Frank McCourt could not immediately be reached for comment.

A hearing for the motion has been scheduled for November.

The original article can be read here-

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21631040/apnewsbreak-ex-dodger-owners-back-family-court

TFDB Writer @ Dodger Stadium

This was a good day. This is me, the writer of this TFDB Blog in the dugout at Dodger Stadium. Tonight, the boys in blue take on the Reds at 4:05 PT.
-Colin Cromar

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Current NL Wild Card Standings

Current NL Wild Card Standings

(MLB)

“We feel pretty lucky to be where we are in the standings…”

“We feel pretty lucky to be where we are in the standings. I’m having trouble explaining our offense right now. Maybe they’ve been trying too hard. It seems like we’re pressing a bit. We just need to relax and play.”
-Don Mattingly

Dodger Baby!

Throwback Thursday- Ebbets Field

Ebbets Field, 1920

Before Chavez Ravine, there was Brooklyn. Before Elysian Park Ave, there was Sullivan Place. Before Dodger Stadium, there was Ebbets Field. Baseball in Brooklyn dates back to the 1850’s, but the Brooklyn Baseball Club didn’t join the American Association until 1884. While in the AA, the Brooklyn Baseball Club played in a small wooden field called Washington Park that sat 16k-18k people. In 1890, the Club joined the National League. While in Brooklyn, the ball club underwent several name changes, the Atlantics, Grays, Bridegrooms, Grooms, Superbas, then the Trolly Dodgers. Charles Ebbets bought the team in the early 1900’s and wanted to construct a new concrete and steel park, because of the fire hazard that wooden stadiums posed. Rather than tear down Washington Park, Ebbets began looking for land in the Brooklyn slums, purchasing land in 1905 until 1912, when construction commenced on the new ballpark. The park was completed one year later, costing $750k (compared to $23 million for Dodger Stadium, $177 million in 2012 US Dollars). The Brooklyn Dodgers played their first game at the self-titled Ebbets Field April 9, 1913. The ballpark had a 23,000 capacity consisting of a double decked grandstand from home to the right foul pole, and lower-level seating down the third base side. The exterior of Ebbets Field consisted of a brick and arch facade, featuring an 80 foot rotunda made of Italian granite in the entrance. Today, Citi Field uses elements of the brick and arch facade. A makeshift press box was placed in the two rows of seats on the upper deck.

In 1926, bleachers were added to the outfield, and a formal press box constructed. In 1931, the upper-deck of the grandstands extended down the third base line, and a scoreboard was put in. In the new bleachers, a female fan named Hilda Chester became popular fan who sat in the outfield and made noise with her cowbell. Advertisements came and plastered the outfield walls, most popular a Schaefer’s beer ad that showed the official scoring of hits and errors. Below this was an Abe Stark “Hit Sign, Win Suit” advertisement. This park went on to see Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in baseball in 1947, an all-star game in 1949, the World Series in nine years, and saw players the likes of Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, and Duke Snider. In June of 1938, Reds pitcher Johnny Vandermeer.

In the 40’s and 50’s, Ebbets Field had become structurally unsound, with narrow aisles, poor plumbing, and limited parking and seating. In 1946, Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley hired somebody to design a new stadium, and if it were constructed, it would have been the first stadium to have a dome, with a seating capacity of 52,000. The problem with constructing a new ballpark in Brooklyn is the limited amount of space. Clashes between Walter O’Malley, and Robert Moses, a New York real estate mogul and most powerful man in New York, caused tension and threats to move the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to California. In 1956, a real estate developer purchased Ebbets Field, and the Dodgers and Giants were set on moving to California. The Dodgers played their last game on September 24, 1957. Demolition began in early 1960; the lights from the scoreboard and lights were sent to minor league parks, and the center field flagpole was donated to a company in Flatlands. Today, apartments stand where Ebbets field once stood. The cornerstone of the ballpark can be found on display in Cooperstown. A Frank Sinatra song was written about the ballpark’s demise, entitled “There Used to be a Ballpark.”

Dodgers Announce 2013 Schedule

Dodgers Announce 2013 Schedule

The Los Angeles Dodgers have released the 2013 regular season schedule! See the schedule at the link here

Remembering 9/11- How Baseball Helped Heal a Wounded Nation

Who could ever forget 9/11? Certainly never the family and friends of the thousands slain in the attacks. Even as a young citizen living in a small town 20 miles north of Salt Lake City, without any personal connections that were killed or injured, I can say with certainty that I will never forget. But for Rudy Giuliani, not a day goes by where he doesn’t reflect on that day. On September 21, ten miles away from the smoldering wreckage where relief efforts were underway, there were cheers in the grandstands of Shea Stadium. Said Giuliani in an interview with MLB; “They were all clapping. They were clapping for baseball. These were all sports fans. It really got their minds off of, ‘Are we going to be attacked again? Are we going to come out of this?’ It gave them a sense that life goes on.”

Both the Yankees and the Mets were donating large sums of money to the Twin Towers Fund, even using the parking lot of Shea as a staging area for relief supplies, and players visiting fire houses and family centers.

The night of the Braves and Mets game, September 21, 2001, Mets manager Bobby Valentine led his team onto the field wearing NYPD, FDNY, EMS and Port Authority Police hats, while Giuliani wore a split FD NY hat with the Yankees logo in the center from behind home plate.

The Mets were defeated, and the World Series that year featured the Diamondbacks and the Yankees. On game 3 on October 30, 2001, Giuliani was escorting then president George W. Bush onto the field, when Derek Jeter famously told Bush, “Don’t bounce it. They’ll boo you.” As Jeter walked off, the President then asked Giuliani if he needed to throw from the mound. Giuliani suggested he lob a throw in front of the mound to accommodate the bulletproof vest that the Secret Service ordered him to wear underneath an FDNY fleece jacket. “And the President said, ‘No, I’ve got to throw from the mound, but I’m not sure if I can throw with this thing on,'”  to which Giuliani replied; “So we had the Secret Service push the vest in. He threw about 10 pitches, then he went on the mound and threw a perfect strike. You could feel the whole crowd lift up, seeing the President out there throwing a strike.” After the game, Giuliani told reporters that Bush was “unafraid” and “undeterred” about terrorism. The World Series that year was one that I will remember for the rest of my life, with the Yankees having an incredible comeback in Games 4 and 5 at Yankee Stadium, earning Derek Jeter’s nickname “Mr. November.”

“It’s how much baseball means to people and what it can do for a community, what it can do for a country,” Giuliani said. “I remember when we lost, I went into the Yankees clubhouse and some of the players were down. You know what most of the players said to me? “‘We feel terrible about losing, but it’s only a game.’ They were kind of reminded about how big what happened on Sept. 11 was, how terrible it was. It put it all into perspective. Baseball came along at just the right moment and re-established itself as the American pastime.”

Current NL Wild Card Standings

Current NL Wild Card Standings

Dodger Bio- Adrian Gonzalez

(ESPN)

#23, 1B

Name- Adrian Gonzalez

Bats/Throws- L/L

Born- 5/8/1982 San Diego, CA

Debut- 4/18/2004 Texas Rangers

School- Eastlake High School

Adrian Gonzalez, born in San Diego to Mexican parents, spent much of his youth in Tijuana and Bonita, California. Gonzalez was the first overall pick in the 2000 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins. He was offered a $3 million dollar signing bonus, and enjoyed success while in the Marlins farm system until he sustained a wrist injury; when he was traded to the Texas Rangers. While with Texas, Gonzalez made his major league debut against the Mariners, got his first base hit two days later against the Angels, and his first home run five days later off Kevin Jarvis with the Mariners. Gonzalez played 16 games that year, and 43 games in 2005. After the 2005 season, Adrian was traded to the San Diego Padres, where he started playing at first base after Ryan Klesko underwent a shoulder operation. In that year he led the Padres in batting average with .304, and 24 home runs, and became the first player in Petco park to have more than one multiple home run game. Adrian played with his brother, Edgar Gonzalez in his time with the Padres. Gonzalez was voted in as an all-star in 2009. In December of 2010, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox, later signing to a seven-year contract extension worth $154 million. Gonzalez played in the 2011 All-Star Game, where he hit a home run and was responsible for the only American League home run hit that year. Adrian finished second in the home run derby that year to Robinson Cano after tying the record for the most home runs hit in the final round, later to be broken by Cano. On August 25, 2012, Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with teammates Beckett, Crawford and Punto. In an unforgettable Dodger debut, Gonzalez hit a three run home run against the Miami Marlins. Gonzalez is a born-again Christian and has PS 27:1 on his bats, which reads: “The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom should I be afraid?” Gonzalez resides in La Jolla with his wife Betsy, and operates a charitable foundation that helps underprivileged youth in academics, athletics, and health.

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